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Football Manager Simulator Says Liverpool Should Appoint Ancelotti

Jürgen Klopp may be the red-hot favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hotseat, but the Football Manager experts reckon that's the wrong move for Liverpool to return to former glory.

The guys at legendary footy computer game Football Manager have simulated the rest of the season with six different managers in charge - and the one that outperforms the rest is former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The stats reveal that the Italian - who has seemingly ruled himself out of returning to management this season - would actually take the club back into the Champions League with a 4th placed finish in the Premier League. Not only that, but the club would reach the FA Cup final and the semi-finals of the League Cup - almost certainly aided by the fact that they exit the Europa League in the first round.

Perhaps justifying the decision by the Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group and their principal owner John W Henry to sack Rodgers this early in the season, all five of the prospective managers take Liverpool up the table to at least 7th place - they currently lie 10th.

Klopp manages a sturdy 5th, Zenit Saint Petersburg boss André Villas-Boas and club legend Steven Gerrard (assisted by Jamie Carragher) take the club up to 6th, while Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa and Frank De Boer manage 7th. Gerrard, in particular, is perhaps unexpectedly successful, guiding the Reds to the Europa League final, which they unluckily lose on penalties.

Click on the gallery below to see the full details of each candidate's performance in their Anfield 'trial', it's a fascinating read.

(Images: Getty)



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